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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 43–47.
Published: 01 November 2017
...David Scott This essay introduces the project of rethinking the cultural-political historiography of Jamaica of which “The Jamaican 1960s” is a contribution. It sets out the question in relation to the idea of a Jamaican intellectual tradition. Specifically, it inquires into the way the idea...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 43–57.
Published: 01 July 2013
... condescension of posterity.” 10 Over his long career, Price-Mars would be inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, in turn inspire the Negritude movement, and in the process become one of the quintessential figures facilitating the thought and movement of ideas about black cultural sovereignty throughout...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 1–6.
Published: 01 March 2013
...David Scott This short essay offers one frame in which to think about the idea of a black radical tradition, a term whose elements are all essentially unstable and contested. What is at stake is a historically minded inquiry into “uses” rather than “meanings”—that is, the historical conjunctures...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 40–49.
Published: 01 March 2013
... Press 1998), 43. In the 1940s Pearl Primus was a part of and helping to further the idea of a black radical tradition. Along with figures such as Paul Robeson, whom she considered a model and mentor, Primus used her art as a means of bearing witness to the continued suffering of black people...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (1 (40)): 84–95.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Nijah Cunningham Marking the close of the conference “The Idea of a Black Radical Tradition,” this roundtable served as a workshop for participants to explore, extend, and trouble the cultural and political discourse of black radicalism. © 2013 by Small Axe, Inc. 2013 After two days...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 164–172.
Published: 01 November 2011
... , brought about a reevaluation of political and economic ideas, laws, and relationships critical to the development of the nation-state. Additionally, post–US occupation was one of several key moments when a notion of a new Haiti proved fruitful for activists and thinkers of the day, who believed...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 49–64.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of the idea of Hispanic Caribbean studies for the historical study of the region. Historically, the Hispanic Caribbean at times included islands and colonies such as Jamaica, Trinidad, and Saint-Domingue. Patterns of migration further complicate the boundaries of the Hispanic Caribbean, as diaspora renders...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 186–198.
Published: 01 November 2021
...Nadège T. Clitandre Examining Greg Beckett’s 2019 There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince , this critical essay explores the notion of radical hope in the midst of tragedy and crisis in Haiti. It attempts to reframe the idea of hope from the perspective of a Haitian...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 1–16.
Published: 01 July 2019
... provincialism.” The essay ultimately foregrounds archipelagic thinking as a way to recast the often pejorative idea of provincialism as well as offer a methodology for troubling the very idea of canonicity within Caribbean literature. But this very instability, contradictorily, enables examinations that fall...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 184–192.
Published: 01 July 2017
... kind of politics may be emerging in the region, one that decouples the idea of freedom from the idea of national independence and territorial sovereignty. This new political possibility is rooted in what Beckett calls the politics of disjuncture, that is, in the political action that emerges from...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 1–7.
Published: 01 July 2013
...David Scott This essay urges that in considering the question of Caribbean studies we think not only about the substantive content of our work but also about the senses in which this work makes assumptions about the idea and project of Caribbean studies as a conceptual-ideological field. The essay...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (2 (32)): 17–41.
Published: 01 July 2010
... violence, state destabilization, and economic collapse within the Jamaican state). Using an idea of sound as a marker of ideological projection and political possibility, this essay considers how forms of black political representation and national liberation move across geographic spaces and can represent...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 108–114.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Celia Britton In this personal tribute to Glissant Britton describes some of the most resonant themes of his novels (the idea of changing while still remaining, the significance of place, and his exploration of madness) and the “opaque” poetic characteristics of his style, which extend from...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Aaron Kamugisha “Black Metamorphosis,” Sylvia Wynter's unpublished manuscript of the 1970s, is premised on the idea that the black experience of coloniality is crucial to comprehending the history of the New World. This essay traces the idea of black experience in “Black Metamorphosis” through...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 14–27.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Barnor Hesse Nahum Chandler, in his remarkably evocative book X—The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought , works with the Derridean idea of the exorbitant to argue that W. E. B. Du Bois's thinking exceeds and transforms the terms of Western critical thought on modernity. Du Bois...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 63–88.
Published: 01 November 2021
... of flourishing “in spite of all.” In a succession of accidental encounters, the author claims, passersby find in the public city competing ideas about how to negotiate unlivable circumstances through moral character, the building of community, or revolution. gdeferrari@wisc.edu Copyright © 2021 Small...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 69–85.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., and identity anchored in the political upheavals of the Cold War. This essay examines how the contemporary Caribbean writers Julia Álvarez, Junot Díaz, and Edwidge Danticat use familial dynamics to bring forth the multifaceted and complex realities of transnational communities, dispel ideas of cultural...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 37–43.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and Jamaica from the 1860s to 1898; the West Indies Federation became a governing body in the British Caribbean territories from 1958–62. These “con-federated” forms reverberate together in the idea of trans-Caribbean unity as a utopian reference for anti-imperial sovereignty and the decolonial achievement...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 53–60.
Published: 01 March 2020
... champions of the Antillean Confederation’s idea, but one must wonder why two modern political thinkers recur to the representation of unsuccessful heroes in their fictional texts. Through literary rhetoric, Betances and Hostos proposed a modern subjectivity that could promote national unity and collective...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 132–141.
Published: 01 March 2020
... on to reflect on and trouble preconceived ideas about Maroon subjectivity, marronage , and Africa . It concludes by imagining ways Schomburg would engage our present. 31 See CGTN America, “Students in Mexico Save an Indigenous Language with Rap,” www.youtube.com/watch?v=quON8TIY0C4 . 30 To learn...